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10 Rooftop Patios in WNY to Enjoy This Summer

Best of Buffalo, City Guide

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on July 6, 2020


Patrick's Rooftop

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Originally published: August 2016 | Updated: July 6, 2020

This summer (slash every summer in Western New York) our goal is to get outside and stay outside as much as possible. Which is why you should make sure to save this guide in your digital back pocket. Keep reading for a list of every rooftop patio in Buffalo and Western New York.
Pro tip: Rooftop hours can be a bit scattered, so make sure to check in with each spot before visiting to ensure you have up to date info about what’s being offered and when. And when you can, snag a reservation.
Did we miss one? Email editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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Patrick's Rooftop

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1. Patrick’s Rooftop

500 Pearl St Suite 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Views, Dining & Drinking
Covid update: Open for food and drinks – find more info here.
The view from this rooftop – which is the highest in Buffalo we might add – is fantastic and includes the city and the Lake Erie. The space features a three-sided indoor bar surrounded by outdoor space and offers food and drink service.
 

Mangia

Mangia’s Rooftop / Step Out Buffalo

2. Mangia Ristorante

4264 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park
Neighborhood: Orchard Park (Southtowns)
Good for: Cocktails
Covid update: Rooftop will be open for dinner reservations. 
A quaint “loungey” rooftop right in the Village of Orchard Park. This spot is perfect for a drink before or after dinner whether it’s at Mangia or a nearby restaurant.
The rooftop features a full-service bar and plenty of room to stretch out and relax on comfortable outdoor lounge furniture. Just like their spacious dining room downstairs the rooftop menu features plenty of tasty choices served on real plates, etc. #vibes

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Soho

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3. Soho

64 West Chippewa Street, Buffalo
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Dining & Drinking
Covid update: Open, find more info here.
Known to many not only for their extensive food and drink menus but also for their late night scene.
Their rooftop bar features about a dozen tables for dining and additional room for those who prefer to stand to gather and converse while sipping on their favorite beverages. The atmosphere is festive and there is something special in the air as you overlook Buffalo’s Chippewa Entertainment District.
 

Soho Burger bar Buffalo rooftop dining

Skybar Rooftop

4. Sky Bar

257 Franklin Street, Buffalo
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Weekend Nightlife
Covid update: Open with limited capacities
Located on top of D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub, Sky Bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer months. One word describes the view of downtown Buffalo and beyond from here – breathtaking. Another place where you want to see and be seen, there’s a energetic vibe in the air when the weather is warm and Skybar is open for business.
It should be noted that there’s a strictly-enforced dress code and you may be asked to produce photo identification prior to entering.

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Tappo Restaurant

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5. Tappo

338 Ellicott Street, Buffalo
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Dining & Drinking
Covid update: Open and even featuring free live music here and there. Learn more here.
Truly spectacular views can be enjoyed from Tappo’s rooftop terrace. Tappo embraces the fact they have a great space and they do whatever they can to make sure you enjoy it. In addition to a great view they serve classic Italian food at affordable prices.
 

Photo courtesy of Thin Man Brewery

6. Thin Man Brewery

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village
492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Good for: Dining & Drinking
Covid update: Open with limited seating. Learn more here.
Elmwood Ave + brewery + rooftop = perfection. Plus they carry lots of local craft beers and have an amazing food menu that changes with the seasons. Be sure to keep an eye out for their special events and themed brunches!

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7. Deep South Taco

291 Ellicott St., Buffalo
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Drinks
Covid update: Not available
Deep South Taco has a fantastic patio game whether you’re on the roof overlooking downtown or down on the ground. The rooftop is open for drinking only so it limits the possibilities some. We’d love to be able to enjoy a nacho plate on the roof – maybe one day. For now bring your cold marg upstairs anytime from Thursday to Sunday and enjoy the weather while you can.
 

New York Beer Project

Photo courtesy of New York Beer Project

8. New York Beer Project

6933 South Transit Road, South Lockport
Neighborhood: Lockport (Niagara County)
Good for: Dining & Drinking
Covid update: Rooftop terrace open on specific days to allow for additional outdoor seating. Learn more here.
In June 2020 NYBP announced the opening of their rooftop terrace for drinking and dining. There’s lots of shade, plenty of seating, and of course beer to drink.
 

Vue Rooftop Lounge

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9. Curtiss Hotel’s Vue Rooftop Lounge

210 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202
Neighborhood: Downtown Buffalo
Good for: Nightlife, Drinking
Covid update: Open and offering live music. Learn more here.
This rooftop lounge is open to the public year round with panoramic views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, and the Canadian shoreline. They offer fire pits and enclosed bar areas with a casual upscale dress code.
 

bar bill north

Photo courtesy of Bar Bill North

9. Bar Bill North

8326 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14221
Neighborhood: Clarence
Good for: Dinning, Drinking
Covid update: accepting online reservations for dinning Learn more here.
This rooftop patio is open to reservations. Reservations can be made for lunch and dinner. Head to BarBill.com to book. Very casual, sports bar feel.
 
Did we miss one? Email editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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